around here ( aside from the mud…)

While it took them awhile, now the cardinals are frequent visitors

Cardinal on Flower Stalk

Cardinal in Snow Collage Dec 10

I hear the quiet chirp of the missus at the first light though these photos are all of her mate.

Cardinal on Cleome Stalks

This little bungalow was so full of family and friends on numerous occasions over the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years that it is nice to have a space of quieter times here for awhile.

Time to take a book like this and peruse it….

red and green

Perhaps over here by Lily who is dozing in her usual place in the corner.

Lily dozing by the chaise lounge

That is her usual afternoon spot. In the early mornings, pre-dawn, she and my other dog Jugsy can often be found sharing a rug between the dining room and living room.

Lily and Jugsy sharing a rug

There was a spectacular sunrise the other morning. Of course one of the neighbors was walking his dogs as I was outside in my pajamas on the porch taking pictures.

Sunrise Jan 13

Back indoors, with Christmas cleared away, there is still a little red and green on the quilt rack.

quilts on rack

On the piano, blooms from other seasons …roses, pussy willow and hydrangea….

on top of piano

While on one of the room dividers little crocuses grow.

crocuses in dutch shoe

In the dining room, some sewing, and of course the usual assistance from the cat.

Kanga by scissors sepia

And last but not least, there’s a box on the stairs waiting to go into my cupboard up in my bedroom..all of the 2013 bank statements and bills etc. sorted, filed and ready to put away.  A fresh start in regards to paper, aside from waiting now for everything pertaining to taxes to start arriving.

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39 Responses to around here ( aside from the mud…)

  1. Barb says:

    Except for those busy cardinals, it looks like everyone inside the bungalow is resting. You have a lovely space.

  2. Nana Diana says:

    I love the cardinals, too…and the bits and pieces of quiet time after the holidays are over. It is so nice to just BE for a while, isn’t it? Love all your flowers and glad that you are having a great start to the year. xo Diana

    ps. Love those pets, too!!!!

  3. Joyce says:

    I LOVE these cardinals that you host in your yard! I am going to pin them too:)
    Looks as though harmony and love abide your home, so lovely.

  4. sue says:

    The cardinal photos are stunning!

  5. I love these cardinals – they must look spectacular against the white snow. and thank you for the little look into your home.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  6. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    I’ve noticed, on my wonderful visits here, that all things beautiful and sweet seem to gravitate toward you! You’ve got different birds constantly gathering in your yard to chirp about the latest cute cardinal on the wire, and your own precious furry friends, who don’t want to leave your side, especially if you’re nestled in that pretty corner where Lily is snoozing! I wouldn’t DARE move (or make room for anyone, for that matter!), from there, it looks so comfy and cozy! That cat of yours never fails to crack me up; what a comedian!


  7. Margie says:

    I haven’t had any cardinals yet. I just put my bird feeder out a week or so ago so maybe they will find it yet.

    You seem to have a busy and interesting life. I enjoy reading your blog.

  8. Grandma Kc says:

    But really, what fun would sewing be without Kanga’s help? Those cardinals are just so beautiful and you KNOW I appreciate you sharing them! Happy Tuesday!

  9. Stacey says:

    Sleeping pets make January more fun, don’t they? The days can get so cold but watching them snuggle really helps me. You are smart to do a little sewing and to make sure and notice the sunrise. We’ve been watching the sunrise every morning too. Love it!

  10. Joyce says:

    Debra, that first photo has got to be the most beautiful of ANY I have ever seen on a blog – wow. Just “wow!”
    My granddaughter, Bree, sat on my lap while we read this post together. She pointed out Lily in the corner right away. “Awww,” she said, “really, really pretty dog!” And she loved the two of them together. When we scrolled to the quilts she said, “Hey! I want to see more dogs!” (Sorry – not a quilting fan apparently!) Lucky for me, we ended up with Kanga, however Bree’s comment was, “Kitty should not be playing with scissors!”
    Thanks for the help with babysitting! We’ll be back! I think she’ll love your squirrels too!

  11. Love the pets, birds, space and your blog. You are an inspiration to us all!

  12. Jane says:

    Your cardinal pictures are so beautiful! What a joy it must be to spot them every morning!

    Your home looks so pretty and cozy. I agree, it’s a comfort to sit in the quiet and regroup. It’s going to take a big push to get me moving though…I’m liking this stillness bit too much!!

    Love your pretty quilts!


  13. Love the gorgeous red of the Cardinals – don’t have many here.

  14. Shelia says:

    Your cardinals are so beautiful. Looks like it’s comfy cozy inside your house. Your little dogs are just so cute and little kitty takes the cake! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Our cardinals seem to come and go. We have a pair coming to the feeders right now but it’s hard to get good photos. You did great! I love your quilts on the quilt rack. What a wonderful way to enjoy them! Stay warm!

  16. Debby Ray says:

    Deb…enjoying all of your cozy photos. The cardinals are my favorite bird and have been seeing so many of them since we started feeding them again with a new bird feeder we received at Christmas. I noticed your little blue and white Dutch shoe…I have one almost identical! A lovely post!


  17. Amy says:

    We used to get frequent visits by cardinals, but it seems ever since the woods behind us were chopped down to build two new homes, they just don’t like the neighborhood anymore. Hey, I don’t blame them! Great photos of what looks to be a relaxing January!

  18. … I need to get out our 2013 papers to begin the daunting task of tax prep — ugh! Maybe in February. :)

  19. Beth says:

    i love the tie you have holding up the blind … a neat pop of color. what is growing in your blue/white clog? will it bloom? ( :

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Beth..they are crocuses …I could not resist ! The grocery store had them in the shoe, which I can use over and over down the line for anything, for 5.99 / so…whatever I saved in coupons that day the grocery store got back, ha ha :)

  20. michele says:

    I love to watch the red cardinals, too.
    Looks like everyone is enjoying their spaces.
    Visiting from Common Ground.

  21. Diane says:

    Love this post. The cardinal shots are wonderful.
    Ya had to ruin it by saying “taxes” ….
    Have a great weekend.
    diane @ aug’s blog

  22. Rose says:

    I like your companions….and I have a couple helpers when I quilt, too.

  23. The pictures of the cardinals are outstanding. I love the beautiful red of those birds when everything else is so dull and dreary.

  24. Cathy says:

    The picture of the cardinal show their exquisite color! Lovely photos!!!

  25. Eileen says:

    I love your pretty Cardinals and your cute puppy dogs! They both look like great companions. Enjoy your week ahead!

  26. Love the photo diary . The cardinals are beautiful.

  27. Pondside says:

    How nice it is to go into the New Year well-organised. A good example!

  28. micupoftea says:

    Ah, serene photos! I enjoyed the selection you shared- visiting from dear little red house. Have a nice week :)

  29. Oh, your photos are so beautiful. I feel completely peaceful just browsing through them. I’ve enjoyed your lovely bird pictures recently, and I always love to see the doggies and kitty. I love how Kitty is helping with the sewing! ♥

  30. Grandma Kc says:

    I had to come back and look at the cardinals again! I have a hummingbird outside the window this morning but NEVER a cardinal.

  31. Susan says:

    Love your sweet dogs, your kitty and the Cardinal too.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  32. everything looks so pretty. I just love the cardinal images that you took and I love your quilts as well. January is such a month for keeping simple pleasures.

  33. AnnMarie says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I have a bird feeder (that probably needs to be filled!) right outside my parlor window that I have to check to see if the cardinals have been visiting. We usually get blue jays too. Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday

  34. Jann Olson says:

    The dogs are as cute as a bun in a rug, only their on a rug. Everything inside the bungalow looks warm and cozy! And the red cardinal and sunrise is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Susan says:

    Love the cardinal pictures. They would make a beautiful card. I am always drawn in by your photos of visiting wildlife. We’ve had quite a bit of snow this week. I’ve been feeding the birds just outside the French door and although I’ll have a bit if a mess to clean up when it melts the cats are loving the show. The quilts look lovely. Have a blessed week. So happy to see you this week at SYC.

  36. I used to live in upstate New York (Ithaca) and your cardinal pictures brought back good memories. You have a lovely home!

  37. Kathy says:

    This is marvelous! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!

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